[ISN] N.Korea's Highly Trained Hacker Brigades Rival CIA

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 02:06:45 -0500 (CDT)

May 05, 2011

North Korea's 1,000 or so hackers are as good as their CIA counterparts, 
experts believe. Due to difficulties in expanding its conventional 
weapons arsenal following the economic hardships during the 1990s, North 
Korea apparently bolstered electronic warfare capabilities.

The regime opened Mirim University, now renamed Pyongyang Automation 
University, in the mid-1980s to train hackers in electronic warfare 
tactics. A defector who graduated from Mirim University said classes 
were taught by 25 Russian professors from the Frunze Military Academy. 
They trained 100-110 hackers every year.

The Amrokgang College of Military Engineering, the National Defense 
University, the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy also train 
electronic warfare specialists.

Jang Se-yul, who served in a North Korean hacker brigade, said on 
Tuesday there are around two brigades, or 1,200 soldiers in total, 
directly supervised by the department that handles electronic warfare. 
"Each squad also operates a unit specializing in cyber warfare." The two 
electronic warfare brigades are stationed in Sangwon and Nampo in South 
Pyongyan Province.


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